If there’s one thing that can ruin a perfect setup then it’s cables, or sometimes also a desk being too cluttered. The compact and wireless Logitech G915 TKL tackles both these problems. Furthermore it also shows that we don’t need a cable to have good design, reliability and performance.
It features a TenKeyLess layout and an ultra-slim build to clean up some space on your desk. The design gives a luxurious impression and the low-profile switches are one of the best ones to get.
So what’s the catch you may ask? Well, performance wise there is none, but with a proud price tag of $ 230,00 this beauty may cost you a small fortune.
If you don’t like the TKL design you can also opt for the bigger version called the Logitech G915 Lightspeed, which is a full size keyboard.
Logitech has put a lot of effort into adjusting the functionality to perfectly match the gamers needs, while at the same time delivering a mature and tasteful look.
The TKL layout means that there is no numpad, nor can you find any of the G macro keys on the side of the keyboard. If you’d rather like to have those, make sure to check out the G915 Lightspeed. Designwise it’s essentially the same keyboard, just bigger and offering more buttons.
With measures of 15.2 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches the G915 TKL leaves you loads of space to either stuff your desk with other gadgets, or to simply enjoy the beauty of the void. To compensate the missing macro keys you can hit the FN button and use the F1 to F4 keys to bind shortcuts.
The macro keys are actually very limited, but we do get dedicated feature buttons. The extra buttons are covered in a soft shell and feel great to use. Aside from media control they also give further functionality. For example they allow you to toggle the wireless connection between Logitech’s ‘Lightspeed’ and Bluetooth, or to activate the Gaming Mode. Another button let’s you cycle the RGBs through three different levels of brightness. To adjust the volume there’s a dashed wheel that just glides perfectly in either direction you spin it.
At the top of the chassis you can find the power button and the Micro-USB port that is used for either wired gaming or charging the battery
Admittedly this keyboard isn’t cheap, but there’s a good reason for that. You’re paying for an ultrathin, yet incredibly durable build. The steel-reinforced plastic base shows a slight texturing and has an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy plate with a brushed-metal finish sitting on top. On the backside there are flip-out feet that allow to angle the keyboard by either eight or four degrees. Conveniently you can also find a little storage chamber for the dongle on the back. While the G915 TKL might be easily the most expensive investment sitting on your gaming desk, it’ll also proudly represent exactly that.
You can get this TKL keyboard in two different colour variations: The original black verison or the later released white version. When talking about the keycaps, the choice of color actually matters. Since the keycaps are made of smooth plastic, you can see marks and smudges relatively quickly. More so on the black version than on the white one though. On the white version the top brushed aluminum plate also shines in a nice silver color.
Concerning the RGBs you a get a ton to play with. You can either set the lightning per key – which also includes the Logitech logo as well as the soft keys – or choose one of the existing presets. The vibrance of the LEDs just perfectly hit the sweet spot between being fancy and not being over the top.
If you got wrists made out of ceramic you’re out of luck here. One of the few shortcomings is the abscence of a wrist rest. I’d be lying if I said that this is not at least a slight disappointment, as even far cheaper keyboards usually come with one.
The G915 TKL is available with different low-profile GL mechanical switches, which are: Clicky, linear or tactile. On Logitech’s website you can even listen to the different keystrokes of the switches.
For the testing unit of this review, we got the GL Tactile ones. They have a total travel distance of 2.7mm and an actuation point at 1.5mm. The activation force of the switches is 50g.
In practice, this keyboard feels absolutely great for typing. The fact that the keys are so close together and that the switches actuate so fast result in very quick typing. If you’re not familiar with keyboards this small, you might need some time to get the hang of it, but at the end of the day the typing experience will be absolutely pleasing. The switches itself are silent, while the keycaps create a faint clacking noise when pressed.
Apart from getting smudgy, the keycaps feel good to use. They have a slight curve, that allows your fingertips to rest comfortably on top of them. Even during hefty runs of type-racer, the caps felt stable and never made me second guess my presses.
Logitech recommends using the GL Tactile switches for competitive and FPS gaming and the GL Linear switches for MMOs and other action games. While I can’t speak for the linear switches, I can give my feedback on the low-profile tactile ones we’ve tested.
The short travel distance felt great for gaming. In FPS holding down a button for longer periods of time to run somwhere just felt as effortless as hitting key combinations in fast succession for strafing. For example, the switches felt equally great for strategic plays in Valorant as for fast paced ambushes in Apex Legends. The extra space cleared up due to the small size also gives plenty of room for flicks using your whole arm.
Connectivity & Features
Just like used to, the Lightspeed wireless connection worked incredibly good. Logitech calls the quality of the connection “pro-grade”, which honestly isn’t even a lie. Lightspeed is known for being absolutely reliable and the company claims it’s latency being about 1ms, which is extremely good. While gaming, using the Lightspeed connectivity at all times is highly recommended.
For different scenarios or convenience purposes there might be cases where you want to use the Bluetooth connection. During the tests, the Bluetooth connection on the G915 felt very stable, but generally speaking there might be some inconcistencies. The last option is to use the keyboard with the included Micro USB cable – but let’s face it, if you’re buying this keyboard you don’t want a cable sitting on your desk.
With the Micro USB to USB-A cable you can also charge the G915 TKL. Logitech claims the battery to fully charge in four hours and last up to 40 hours. To expand the battery life, the RGBs will reduce their brightness to 50% after one minute of inactivity and turn off completely after five minutes of inactivity. To save yourself from getting caught with your pants down by your keyboard dying mid-fight, there’s an option to make the keyboard flash in breathing red when the battery reaches the 15% power mark.
Lastly, you can toggle between different gaming profiles using the FN keys and also record macros on-the-fly. In comparison, the G915 Lightspeed does offer five programmable G-macro buttons.
Admittedly, the first boot up of the G Hub software might be overwhelming, but you’ll quickly learn to love the many functionalities the software offers. Just toying around with the lightning effects may keep you busy for some hours. The per-key customization allows you to choose a different color for every single key, including the G logo and the soft function buttons on the top. If you can’t be bothered with that, there are also nine presets that will turn your keyboard into a colorful canvas. The Screen Sampler preset was particularly cool, as it mimics the colors that are shown on your screen. Watching a movie may give some similar vibes to an ambient light, as diving into an ocean for example will turn the lightning on the keyboard blue.
If you head in the ‘Assignments’ sections you get to remap your macros. Within the software you can give those buttons any functionality, the trade off here really is the low amount of programmable buttons for extra desk space.
It doesn’t matter whether you get this keyboard for easy mobility or just to keep your desk clean. The slim design and the TenKeyLess layout will definitely enhance your setup.
The Logitech G915 TKL is a reliable premium keyboard, that perfectly ties in design, functionality and performance – and all of that without using a cable. The only things you might miss are the wrist rest and an USB-passthrough.
Even though rather expensive, looks and performance are quite unmatched when compared to other wireless gaming keyboards. Even in comparison to wired keyboards, the G915 TKL can keep up in almost every aspect.